| Beer Review:
The Red MacGregor
Orkney, OKI, Scotland, UK
June 21, 2005
Orkney Islands of Scotland are steeped in a rich brewing
history that dates back to the days when Vikings launched
their raiding parties against Scotland and the rest
of Europe from that region. The traditional brewing
of ales has survived wars, invasions and prohibition
to deliver to us today some of the most distinctly drinkable
brews Europe has to offer.
The Red MacGregor comes
to us from Orkney Brewing, housed in an old Victorian
schoolhouse on Orkney. Although they are a fairly new
brewing company (established 1988), their brews are
a nod to the regional and, in this case, the personal
history of the brewers. See, one of the founders of
Orkney Brewing, Roger White, is a descendant of the
MacGregor Clan whose most famous member was Rob Roy
MacGregor (1671 - 1734). When White brewed this wonderful
beer, he decided to name it for his ancestors.
This is a drinkable and
enjoyable beer experience through and through. It pours
nicely with a respectable head and aroma that gives
one the immediate sense that this beer is entirely balanced.
The color is a deep red that displays striking, almost
LED like red streaks when held to the light. As the
beer is consumed, there is a perfect trace resonance
of foam left behind inside the glass that lasts for
nearly 3/4ths of the way down.
The taste is a perfect balance
of hops and malt, which is a surprising experience with
a red ale. A flavor that makes its way pleasurably to
the nose and releases the hops in a elegant, non-overpowering
fashion. The finish, if one were to use that term, is
not the long-lasting experience of some more sophisticated
beers, but sometimes one has to trade that for pure
drinkability, which this beer has in volumes.
This beer comes in a single,
500 ml bottle here in the states and rings in at almost
5% ABV. Pick up a couple of these and you'll do fine,
although it would be nice to split a six pack of these
with a friend for a complete night of goggled fun. It's
a manageable, yet fulfilling pleasure to drink.
The Red MacGregor ranks
as one of my personal favorites of those we've had since
leaving the states. Although I would prefer more ABV,
the taste is so nice and full that this could go on
all night. To this point at least, this is the best
red I've had aside from my wife. Enough said.
|Beer Tasting Scorecard
The Red MacGregor
Thanks to Legends
Limited for providing some great information on Orkney
Brewing on their website which can be found at http://www.legendslimited.com/
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